EXCLUSIVE: 'Fixer Upper' star Joanna Gaines explains why her kids don't have cell phones


Joanna Gaines and husband Chip have become megastars, thanks to the success of their wildly popular HGTV show, Fixer Upper, but they've held steadfast to their down-home ways, as ET found out during our visit to the family's farm.

The 40-acre spread in Texas includes everything from turkeys to longhorn cattle, giving Chip and Joanna's four children (Drake, Ella, Duke and Emmie) plenty to keep busy, but there's one thing their children don't have.

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"I tell the kids that you are probably not going to get a cell phone," Joanna told ET. "We want to teach our kids that life happens outside of these devices. It's just a simple thing to go outside and connect with nature, play with your friends and get dirty."

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 23: Joanna Gaines and Chip Gaines attend the TIME 100 Gala 2019 Cocktails at Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 23, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for TIME)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 23: Joanna Gaines and Chip Gaines attend the Time 100 Gala 2019 at Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 23, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Sean Zanni/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 23: Joanna Gaines and Chip Gaines attend the TIME 100 Gala 2019 Cocktails at Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 23, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for TIME)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 23: Chip Gaines and Joanna Gaines attend the TIME 100 Gala 2019 Lobby Arrivals at Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 23, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images for TIME)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 23: Chip Gaines and Joanna Gaines attend the TIME 100 Gala 2019 Lobby Arrivals at Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 23, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images for TIME)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 23: Chip Gaines and Joanna Gaines attend the TIME 100 Gala 2019 Lobby Arrivals at Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 23, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images for TIME)
TODAY -- Pictured: Chip and Joanna Gaines on Tuesday, November 6, 2018 -- (Photo by: Nathan Congleton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON -- Episode 0958 -- Pictured: (l-r) Authors Chip Gaines and Joanna Gaines during an interview with host Jimmy Fallon on November 9, 2018 -- (Photo by: Andrew Lipovsky/NBC)
TODAY -- Pictured: Chip and Joanna Gaines on Tuesday, November 6, 2018 -- (Photo by: Nathan Congleton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: Chip and Joanna Gaines on Tuesday, November 6, 2018 -- (Photo by: Nathan Congleton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: Chip and Joanna Gaines on Tuesday, April 24, 2018 -- (Photo by: Nathan Congleton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: Chip and Joanna Gaines on Tuesday, April 24, 2018 -- (Photo by: Nathan Congleton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: Chip and Joanna Gaines on Tuesday, April 24, 2018 -- (Photo by: Nathan Congleton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
FORT WORTH, TX - NOVEMBER 05: 'Fixer Upper' stars Chip and Joanna Gaines pose with the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series AAA Texas 500 pace car at Texas Motor Speedway on November 5, 2017 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 18: Chip and Joanna Gaines discuss 'Capital Gaines: Smart Things I Learned Doing Stupid Stuff' and the ending of the show 'Fixer Upper' with the Build Series at Build Studio on October 18, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Roy Rochlin/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 18: Chip and Joanna Gaines discuss 'Capital Gaines: Smart Things I Learned Doing Stupid Stuff' and the ending of the show 'Fixer Upper' with the Build Series at Build Studio on October 18, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Roy Rochlin/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 18: Chip Gaines and Joanna Gaines discuss new book, 'Capital Gaines: Smart Things I Learned Doing Stupid Stuff' at Build Studio on October 18, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Rob Kim/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 08: Designers Joanna Gaines and Chip Gaines attend AOL Build Presents: 'Fixer Upper' at AOL Studios In New York on December 8, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Desiree Navarro/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 08: Designers Chip Gaines and Joanna Gaines attend AOL Build Presents: 'Fixer Upper' at AOL Studios In New York on December 8, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Desiree Navarro/WireImage)
THE CHEW - Chip and Joanna Gaines as well as Victoria Justice are the guests on Wednesday, October 19, 2016 on ABC's 'The Chew.' 'The Chew' airs MONDAY - FRIDAY (1-2pm, ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Lorenzo Bevilaqua/ABC via Getty Images) CARLA HALL, CHIP GAINES, MICHAEL SYMON, JOANNA GAINES, DAPHNE OZ, CLINTON KELLY
THE CHEW - Chip and Joanna Gaines as well as Victoria Justice are the guests on Wednesday, October 19, 2016 on ABC's 'The Chew.' 'The Chew' airs MONDAY - FRIDAY (1-2pm, ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Lorenzo Bevilaqua/ABC via Getty Images) JOANNA GAINES, MICHAEL SYMON, CHIP GAINES
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 19: Chip Gaines and Joanna Gaines appear to promote 'The Magnolia Story' during the AOL BUILD Series at AOL HQ on October 19, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Donna Ward/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 19: Chip Gaines and Joanna Gaines appear to promote 'The Magnolia Story' during the AOL BUILD Series at AOL HQ on October 19, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Donna Ward/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 19: Chip Gaines and Joanna Gaines attend The Build Series to discuss 'The Magnolia Story' at AOL HQ on October 19, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Laura Cavanaugh/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 19: Chip Gaines and Joanna Gaines attend The Build Series to discuss 'The Magnolia Story' at AOL HQ on October 19, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Laura Cavanaugh/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 19: Chip Gaines and Joanna Gaines attend The Build Series to discuss 'The Magnolia Story' at AOL HQ on October 19, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Laura Cavanaugh/WireImage)
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The family also doesn't own a TV, but that hasn't stopped them from having HGTV's No. 1 home improvement show, now entering its fourth season.

"It's the simple things," Joanna said.

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What they lack in electronics, the family more than makes up for in nearly every other category, namely clothes, which is Joanna's latest passion. She's teamed up with Matilda Jane Clothing to design a collection of girls' clothes with her two daughters in mind.

"It's funny. The girls will come in my closet and they always say, 'Hey, when I get older, can you save this dress for me? Can you save these shoes for me?' So I thought it would be sweet to do a cute little mommy-and-me thing, even with just the aprons," she said.

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Fixer Upper airs at 9 p.m. ET/PT on HGTV.

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